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November 6, 2012

Vatican slams J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

Only days after giving the new James Bond film a ringing endorsement, the Vatican has slammed the new novel by J. K. Rowling saying it “needed a sprinkle of magic”.

By Josephine McKenna

L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy See‘s official newspaper, subtitled its damning review of The Casual Vacancy with “J.K Rowling’s first adult novel disappoints”.

The newspaper said it had “only admiration” for the billionaire author who had smashed sales records with her Harry Potter series and overcome “wretched times” as a single mother.

It also congratulated Rowling for donating a large sum of her earnings to charity in 2011 “thanks to the power and fantasy produced by her pen” but said her latest book was unconvincing and Rowling’s perspective “disappoints”.

“Fifty-six years after Peyton Place, an up to date – and British – version of that masterpiece of a social chronicle might make sense,” the review says.

“Rowling probably has all the qualifications to be the worthy successor of Grace Metaloius. But there’s something missing.”

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